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The Ferris-Haggarty Copper-Gold Mine, Grand Encampment District, Wyoming

At the close of the 19th Century, optimism was high that Wyoming would become an important source for copper much like the neighbor states of Colorado, Utah, and Montana. This dream was short-lived...

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Melman on Gold & Silver


One of the most interesting sayings I learned during my early years of observing markets was “Watch what I do, not what I say.” This thought came to mind recently regarding the comments of Fed Chairman Greenspan...

Geologist's Search for PGMs Leads to Mining Venture


One look at a map of the northern portion of Ontario province in Canada clearly identifies it as an area of immense beauty. From Georgian Bay on Lake Huron across to Lake Nipissing and all points north, it is a land of...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Alaska Governor blasts state habitat division
• Laws proposed and reviewed in Washington State
• Comments needed on California's arsenic goals
• New explosives requirements
• Bill introduced to curb ESA abuses

Simple Rules of Gold Geology: Comparing Epithermal and Mesothermal Deposits


Geology is a science of general tendencies with frequent exceptions, not one of hard and fast rules that are always true and never vary. For almost every well-accepted rule of gold deposits, I can point you to a number of important exceptions.

Technology Opens Promise, Perils of Ocean Mining


There’s gold in that thar sea floor. Silver, copper, zinc and lead, too. The problem is, it’s a mile or two underwater and encased in massive mineral deposits that layer a dark, mysterious world.

The Art of Underwater Nugget Shooting


There is a surprising amount of detectable gold under the water’s surface. The right tools make it much easier to find, and with a little patience and practice you can take advantage of this underappreciated bonanza.

Weathering, Erosion and Placers


The big interest to prospectors thinking about the effect of erosion is not what might happen long into the future, but what they might find in the rivers later this summer when the water levels go down.

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